Long ago, Hawkman was the leader of the Justice Society, but what is he now? Still a hero or another relic in a museum? Everything changes when he finds himself haunted by not only the past, but also the vengeful spirit of a wayward thief. Will this Gentleman Ghost be the death of Hawkman or will he deliver a warning from beyond the grave? The road to Black Adam begins here. Also in this issue: As a pivotal moment in the life of Teth-Adam and his son Hurut begins to unfold in ancient Kahndaq, modern-day Kahndaq meets a new hero-antiquities professor by day, “cultural recovery specialist” by night, Adrianna Tomaz. And unfortunately for Adrianna, she’s about to “liberate” a sacred totem from the wrong interested party-Intergang!
First Comics NewsThese Justice Society files put the spotlight on the famed superhero team who are making their cinematic debut in “Black Adam”; This first one puts the focus on Hawkman; The supernatural elements make this story more intriguing and I really like the introduction of Gentleman Ghost (The DCEU version) while the strange appearance by Doctor Fate was a nice touch as it gives the readers a glimpse of how close the Justice Society were in their heyday; The backup feature (I swear DC loves squeezing them in just to jack up the prices on their books) features Adrianna Tomaz (Isis) coming across a secret that could change everything she holds dear but in honesty, it feels more like an interlude before the movie comes out. Hawkman fans will get a kick out of this special as it puts a fresh spin on a classic character. Even if he is rooted within the DCEU, it’s still a win.
Geek DadWhile I thought these would mostly be one-shots, this ends on a cliffhanger that leads into the Cyclone issue. It takes a bit to figure out where all this fits into the world of previous DC movies, but I'm definitely interested in seeing more of these characters.
Comic CrusadersThis entire book is a great beginning for a new franchise. It's nice to see books like these truly being used to flesh out characters and concepts leading to the film. Hopefully the film can pay off this level of talent and artistry.
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ComicBook.comThe plot is certainly functional and beyond mediocre pacing and design work, there's nothing offensive about The Justice Society Files, but it ultimately reads like a comic that should be given away with a children's meal before the movie.